Part I: Alexander Library Teleconference Room, SCC 403
9:30am-11:30am: Histories, Causes, and Contexts of the Current Crisis
Part II: Alexander Library Teleconference Room, SCC 403
1:00pm-3:00pm: Contemporary Trajectories
Part III: Hageman Hall, New Brunswick Theological Seminary
4:00pm-6:00pm Video and Film Exhibitions

Former Director, Center for African Studies
Professor, Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, RU-NB
  Ousseina D. Alidou is Professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She directed the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University (2009-Spring 2015); She taught in several American Universities (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; The Ohio State University; Ohio University; Cleveland State) and was a visiting Professor at the University of Hamburg in Germany and the University of Lueneburg (Germany); Université Abdou Moumouni (Republic of Niger); University of Winneba (Ghana); She is currently a Senior Associate Fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (Germany). She also serves as a Senior Faculty Advisor to UNESCO BREDA’s Working Group in Partnership with African Countries on Youth, Employability and Educational Reform and on Working Group on Gender and Transformative Leadership Curriculum Design.

Professor Alidou is a theoretical linguist whose research focuses on women’s agency in African Muslim societies; gendered discourses of citizenship and rights; gender, education, politics and leadership. She is the author of Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya: Leadership, Representation, Political and Social Change (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013); Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005, a runner-up Aidoo-Schneider Book Prize of Women's Caucus of the Association of African Studies); co-edited Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa with Ahmed Sikainga ( (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2006) and A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles Against Structural Adjustment in African Universities, Co-edited with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000);. In addition, she has published over 50 book chapters and articles which appear in Research in African Literatures, Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika (SUGIA); Comparative Literature; and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; and Africa Today.

Professor Alidou is the recipient of several national and international scholarly and service awards including: Obafemi Awolowo Center for Gender and Social Policy Studies Distinguished Visiting Scholar Service Award (2015); Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Award (2015); Newark Women-in-the Media Distinguished Community Service Award (2015); Rutgers University 2011 Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching; Africa America Institute’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2010); Ford Foundation Human Rights and Social Justice Grant Award (2005); Rutgers University Board of Trustee’s Scholarly Excellence Award (2005); University of Hamburg, GERMANY, Visiting Professor Fellowship, Department of Linguistics and African Studies and Graduate Faculty of Intercultural Education (2003) ; and University of Lueneburg Graduate Faculty in Postcolonial Cultural Studies Visiting Scholars’ Writing Fellowship Award (2002).

Former Director, Center for African Studies
Associate Professor, Department of History, RU-NB

Carolyn A. Brown specializes in African social, urban and labor history and the history of slavery in Africa. She is the author of We Are All Slaves: African Miners, Culture, and Resistance at the Enugu Government Colliery, Nigeria, 1914-1950, (Heinemann 2001), awarded ‘Best Book of 2003 Prize’ by the International Labor Associations. She has published numerous articles in African labor history on the colonial labor process, racism, and the relationship between masculinity and labor militancy. She also has articles on slavery and emancipation struggles under colonialism and is co-editor, with Paul Lovejoy, of Repercussions of the Atlantic Slave Trade: The Interior of the Bight of Biafra and the African Diaspora (Africa World Press, 2010) . In April 2015 her co-edited volume Africa and World War II was published by Cambridge University Press. It seeks to restore the role the continent played in the war which is usually restricted to battles in North Africa. Her current research interests include an oral history project on the memory of the slave trade in southeastern Nigerian villages and a book project on the social history nationalism in an important town in southeastern Nigeria. She is on the editorial board of the Cambridge University Press Africa Series and from 2010 to 2015 she was a senior editor of the labor journal, International Labor and Working Class History (Cambridge U. Press).

Publisher, Africa World Press, Inc. & The Red Sea Press, Inc.
  Kassahun Checole, former Professor of Sociology and African Studies at Rutgers University and El Colegio de Mexico, is the founder and publisher of Africa World Press, Inc. and The Red Sea Press, Inc. Kassahun has a long history as an activist in the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggle. He hails from Eritrea and has been active in the Eritrean liberation struggle beginning in 1971. Besides his growing publishing ventures, Kassahun is also involved in human rights activism and on the non-violent struggle for change in Africa.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UC Davis
  Cristiana Giordano is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UC Davis. She works on foreign migration, mental health, and cultural translation in contemporary Italy. Her research addresses the politics of migration in Europe through the lens of ethno-psychiatry and its radical critique of psychiatric, legal, and moral categories of recognition of foreign others. She is the author of Migrants in Translation. Caring and the Logics of Difference in Contemporary Italy (University of California Press, 2014). Her current research focuses on issues of migrant health in Europe through the lenses of scientific research on the microbial flora of new comers aimed at monitoring selected cohorts of migrants to understand the health challenges they may go through during their integration in the European society. She is also engaged in finding new forms of ethnographic writing through theater devices. She is writing a play on the current “refugee crisis” and the different temporalities of an “emergency.”
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Barnard College-Columbia University
  Ayten Gündoğdu is the author of Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants (Oxford University Press, 2015). Her research centers on critical approaches to human rights and humanitarianism, political and ethical dilemmas posed by transnational migration, and contemporary struggles for rights and citizenship. She also published articles in several edited volumes and journals such as European Journal of Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, and Law, Culture and the Humanities. She is the recipient of several fellowships and grants, including a postdoctoral fellowship from Harvard University and a Sawyer Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Enseignant-chercheur, département de Géographie
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, la République du Niger
  After obtaining a Geography Doctorate at the University of Bordeaux 3 in 1999, Harouna Mounkaila has been teaching at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Higher Teacher’s Schools) of the University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey since 2000. A widely published specialist of international migrations and internal population mobility in rural areas, Mounkaila has also developed an expertise in university governance as general secretary of the University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey. His current research is focused on transsaharan migration and the roles of Nigerien cities, such as Niamey and Agadez, in it.
Artist and Activist, Portes et Passages-Art et Développement, Mbodiene, Senegal
  Amadou Kane Sy was born in Senegal in 1961, Amadou Kane Sy alias Kan Si graduated from Ecole Nationale des Arts in 1991. A multifaceted artist who works in painting, printmaking, installation, photography, video and poetry, he was in the steering commitee of several organizations and used to be the president and founding member of Man Keneen-Ki, an artists’association working to safeguard street children in Dakar. He is a founding member and coordinator of the artists collective Huit Facettes Interaction that participated in Documenta 11 in 2002. Kan Si has organized as well as participed in numerous artist residencies, exhibitions, and symposia internationally. In collaboration with the African-American artist Muhsana Ali he founded and cordinate with her the activities of Portes et Passages, an art initiative that aims at opening a Holistic Art Center in the rural area in Senegal. He lives and works between Dakar, Goree and Joal.
Professor, Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, RU-NB
  R. Daniel Kelemen's research interests include the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. His most recent book, Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2011) won the Best Book Award from the European Union Studies Association. He is also author of The Rules of Federalism: Institutions and Regulatory Politics in the EU and Beyond (Harvard University Press, 2004), as well as over forty book chapters and articles in journals including the American Political Science Review, World Politics, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics, Journal of Public Policy and Journal of European Public Policy. He is editor of Lessons from Europe? What Americans Can Learn from European Public Policies (CQ Press, 2014) and co-editor of The European Union: Integration and Enlargement (Routledge, 2014), The Power of the European Court of Justice (Routledge, 2012), and The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008). Professor Kelemen serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of European Public Policy and West European Politics and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association.

Kelemen previously served as the Director of the Center for European Studies at RU-NB. He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, visiting fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University, a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and a visiting fellow at the Center of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Paris-based Visual Artist and Filmmaker
  For the past decade Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen has primarily been working with video and installation to create visual responses to a variety of thematics. Migration and disempowerment has been some of his main areas of research. Most of Larsen's work is commission-based or developed during residencies. This enables him to have sufficient time to get beyond the surface of the context within which he works.

Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen (born in Denmark 1971) studied a BA honours in Sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and an MA in Fine Art & Media Art at Slade school of Fine Art, London. Larsen has exhibited extensively around the world. RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE: End of Dreams, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Promised Land, Dilston Grove, London (2013). RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE: The Water Knows All My Secrets, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA (2015); Displacements, ExElettrofonica Gallery, Rome, Italy; Chassés-croisés, tours et détours autour du détroit, FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France (2014); Word.Sound.Power., Tate Modern, London, UK (2013); Estuary, Museum of London - Docklands, UK (2013); Freedom, Kunstpalais, Erlangen, Germany (2013); Together, Trondheim Art Museum, Norway (2012); Thessaloniki Biennial 3, Greece (2011), Folkestone Triennial, UK (2011); Looped, UMOCA, Utah, USA (2011); Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009) UAE.

Director, Rome Studies Program, Loyola University, Chicago
  Cristina Lombardi-Diop is the Director of the Rome Studies Program at Loyola University, Chicago, where she holds a joint appointment in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, and the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Program. Cristina is the recipient of numerous scholarly prizes (among which the Nonino Prize and the Prize of the American Association for Italian Studies). In 2014 she was nominated as finalist for the Premio di Divulgazione Scientifica awarded by the Italian Book Association. Her essays on white femininity and colonialism, Mediterranean migrations, and African Italian diasporic literature, have appeared in a variety of edited volumes and journals. Among her most recent publications are the edited volume Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity (with Caterina Romeo, Palgrave, 2012, published in Italian as L’Italia postcoloniale by Le Monnier-Mondadori in 2014) and the co-authored volume Bianco e nero. Storia dell’identità razziale degli italiani (with Gaia Giuliani, Le Monnier-Mondadori, 2013).
Director, Center for European Studies
Associate Professor, Jewish Studies and History, RU-NB
  Nancy Sinkoff's work focuses on European and American Jewish intellectual and political history. She is author of Out of the Shtetl: Making Jews Modern in the Polish Borderlands (Brown Judaic Studies, 2004), which examined the life and ideas of Mendel Lefin of Satanów, a leading figure in the Polish Jewish Enlightenment and is currently at work on a political biography of Lucy S. Dawidowicz, an American historian of East European Jewry entitled From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History, and recently published an entry on Dawidowicz in the on-line American National Biography as well as a review of a recent biography of Lillian Hellman. Sinkoff's work on Dawidowicz includes “Yidishkayt and the Making of Lucy S. Dawidowicz,” which prefaces Dawidowicz’s reissued memoir, From That Place and Time: A Memoir, 1938-1947 (2008); “The Polishness of Lucy S. Dawidowicz’s Postwar Jewish Cold War,” in The Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in Postwar America (2010); “Fiction’s Archive: Authenticity, Ethnography, and Philosemitism in John Hersey’s The Wall,” in Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society (Winter 2011); and the forthcoming, "From the Archives: Lucy S. Dawidowicz and the Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property," American Jewish History (January 2016). Sinkoff was a consultant for Polin: The Museum of the History of the Jews of Poland, which opened in Warsaw in fall 2015.

A recipient of fellowships from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)--with Dr. Rebecca Cypess--the Mellon Foundation, the IIE Fulbright Association, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University’s Beinecke Library, and the American Jewish Archives, among others, Sinkoff has taught at Kazan State University, Kazan, Russia, the International Cultural Center, Kraków, Poland, and has lectured widely in the United States and Israel.

Professor, Communications
Researcher, African Cultures, Religions, and Immigration through the Mediterranean Sea
Gregorian University, Rome/ St. Augustine University of Tanzania
  Amidou Jean-Baptiste Sourou is a Professor of Communications and researcher in African cultures, religions and immigration through the Mediterranean Sea. He is Founder and President of the Center for Documentation and Research on Art and Social Sciences (CeDReS Project) in Benin Republic. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Social Sciences and Communications from the Gregorian University in Rome, and a BA and MA in Theology from universities in Padua and Rome. He is an international media practitionner, and the author of Affondo (Italian; “The Drowned Dreams of Africans”); French title: Chronique d’un été glacial, le rêve naufragé des Africains, winner of the International Award of Solidarity with Refugees at the 2013 International Journalism and Media Awards and the Award of the Best Writer/Author at the 2013 Africa-Italy Excellence Awards. He received a 2012 African Studies Association (ASA) Presidential Fellowship and the 2007 International Award in Media, Religion and Culture. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS) and of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture. He founded two Associations: Cedres NGO in Benin and Il Cedro in Italy to promote education in Africa as a solution to the flows of African immigrants towards Europe. He has written several books and articles in his fields of study.
Assistant Professor, Italian and Cinema Studies, RU-NB
  Rhiannon Noel Welch is Assistant Professor of Italian and Cinema Studies at Rutgers University. Her book on how race thinking, biopolitics, and colonialism informed the "making" of Italians as modern political subjects, titled Vital Subjects: Race and Biopolitics in Italy (1860-1920), is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press' Transnational Italian Cultures series. Other publications on modern Italian literature and film, postcolonial Italian studies, and biopolitics have appeared in: National Belongings (Duncan and Andall, 2010); L’Italia postcoloniale (Lombardi Diop and Romeo, 2014); Annali d’Italianistica’s special issue From Otium and Occupatio to Work and Labor in Italian Culture (Bouchard and Ferme, 2014); Italica (2015); Italian Mobilities (Ben-Ghiat and Hom, 2015). She has translated political philosopher Roberto Esposito’s Terms of the Political: Community, Immunity, Biopolitics (Fordham University Press, 2012), as well as essays by D’Annunzio (Early Cinema, Richard Abel, 2014) and Antonio Negri (Rethinking Marxism, 2014).

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